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Wawrinka and Nishikori in the semifinals of the Toronto Masters 1000

Wawrinka and Nishikori in the semifinals of the Toronto Masters 1000

The challenge between the Swiss Stan Wawrinka and the Japanese Kei Nishikori will be one of the highlights in the semifinals of the ATP Masters 1000 in Toronto (Canada) after both leaving through the wide door in their respective quarterfinals.

Second seed Wawrinka broke into his first semi-final of the Canadian tournament by beating South African Kevin Anderson with easy 6-1, 6-3 sets.

The second-seeded will face third-seeded Japan’s Nishikori, who defeated Bulgarian and former Top Ten Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 in three sets.

Asia’s best player, who won his 39th match in 2016, fought back in the third set after losing the second and ultimately left his unbeaten 3-0 record over Dimitrov.

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For his part, Wawrinka broke his lifetime record against the African by now leading 5-4.

“It was a very good game, I started very well,” said Wawrinka, adding that “it is one of the best games I have played in the year. He showed me (Anderson) that he was ready, aggressive, moving very well. I was calm, I served very well and mixed my game well ».

Wawrinka, a double Grand Slam winner and world number five, is seeking his fourth title of the season following successes in Chennai, Dubai and Geneva.

– Friday’s results at the Toronto Masters 1000:

Men – Quarterfinals

Stan Wawrinka (SUI / N.2) defeated Kevin Anderson (RSA) 6-1, 6-3

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Kei Nishikori (JPN / N.3) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

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